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Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing (Paperback)
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Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing (Paperback)

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Paperback 249 Pages / Published: 01/01/2015
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This book reframes British First World War literature within Britain's history as an imperial nation. Rereading canonical war writers Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, alongside war writing by Enid Bagnold, E. M. Forster, Mulk Raj Anand, Roly Grimshaw and others, the book makes clear that the Great War was more than a European war.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349501052
Number of pages: 249
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015


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"A number of suggestive illustrations and photographs from periodicals, primarily the Illustrated London News, and from the Imperial War Museum in its early days are also included. ... This will be a significant contribution to the field, impressive not only for the attention paid to underexplored sources, but also for the far-reaching implications of considering strangeness as a way of reconceptualizing our perceptions of the home front and the war zones." (Emma Liggins, Women's Writing, September, 2016)

"Buck's book begins with the commonsensical position that most English WW I writing has focused on the English perspective on the Western front or the home front, and in so doing has offered a narrow perspective that elides the war's global dimension. ... Summing Up: Recommended. ... Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (G. Grieve-Carlson, Choice, Vol. 53 (6), February, 2016)

"In Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing, Claire Buck finds that how wartime and postwar writers saw Britain as an imperial nation determined in large part how they thought of World War I. ... The author therefore offers us a valuable and often neglected perspective, which is worthy of consideration in a class about World War I or when writing about that massive conflict." (Stephen E. Tabachnick, English Literature in Transition, Vol. 59 (1), January, 2016)

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